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Roflumilast in COPD: a Brazilian perspective

Authors Stirbulov R, Jardim JR

Received 7 April 2015

Accepted for publication 24 July 2015

Published 8 September 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 1853—1855

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S64455

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Roberto Stirbulov,1 José R Jardim2

1Department of Respiratory Diseases, Santa Casa School of Medical Sciences in São Paulo, 2Department of Respiratory Diseases, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Federal University of São Paulo, Hospital São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

We would like to discuss the use of roflumilast in Brazil and its perspectives, based on the data currently available. This medication is underused in Brazil, probably due to its high cost in the public health care system. Of the approximately 21,000 patients who have a condition which could be treated with roflumilast (personal communication, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, 2014), only 14% are currently using it.

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